In case you didn’t catch the message that there’s a reason why the Dodge Grand Caravan is officially gone and will be replaced by that 2021 Chrysler Voyager as the only alternative for a small-sized, budget minivan made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s also budget-friendly and comes with a price of less than $30,000 cost and only the most basic of features. A less expensive variant from the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the Voyager is powered by a V-6 motor and can accommodate up to seven passengers in three rows of seats and is spacious enough for the transport of cargo. Although we haven’t yet driven the Voyager but we do know that it will likely offer the same refined driving performance similar to the Pacifica because they’re identical vehicles. An important note for our Canadian readers in the Great White North, the Voyager will be sold under the Dodge brand and will sport its Grand Caravan moniker.
What’s New for 2021?
There’s not much changed with the Voyager for 2021, however Chrysler has updated the optional driver-assistance equipment to include up-to-date cameras and radar sensors that detect pedestrians and notify the driver to avoid accidents. The Voyager’s suites of driver-assistance features is still available in 2021 and is an element of the Safety Tec package.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
If you’re not ready to settle for the least-boned minivan it’s worth looking for the LX. Although neither model offers many features but the LX has a more dependable suspension tuning as compared to the L and comes with automated headlamps and alloy wheels (instead made of stainless steel) and three-zone manual climate control, as well as superior lighting for the exterior. If you’re looking for options like remote-start and heated front seats heated steering wheels, satellite radio, or an integrated DVD player to delight your kids and their parents, the LX will be the best option to take.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Mechanically it is the Voyager is similar to the Pacifica with the 287 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine as well as a the same nine-speed automatic transmission that drives both front axles. The Pacifica achieved an 7.3-second speed to 60 mph. Because this van doesn’t have many features that weigh down its brother, the Voyager is likely to be lighter. features that make it heavier than its sibling and sister, the Voyager probably weighs lesser than Pacifica and therefore is more likely to beat the time. Do not expect the hybrid version. Chrysler will save this powertrain for its more expensive minivans that it has within its lineup.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
We’ve not had the chance for testing this Voyager in our 200 mile highway loop for fuel efficiency however, for comparison, the previous nonhybrid Pacifica we tested was able to achieve 31 mpg. The Chrysler vans also earn EPA estimations of 19 miles per gallon in city and 28 mpg when on the highway. The Voyager’s 22mpg combined score is higher than that of that of the Kia Sedona and matches that of the Honda Odyssey, both chief rivals.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Similar to the exterior style powertrain, chassis, and styling its interior is akin to those of Pacifica however, with less features for comfort. It doesn’t have leather seats and in-dash navigation systems, as well as automatic climate control and power-sliding doors on the side here. Furthermore the Voyager comes with Stow ‘n’ Go functionality only for seat backs. If you’d like to have an additional row that folds down into the ground, then you’ll have spend approximately $35,000 . This is for base Pacifica. It is possible to put valuables away in the underneath cubbies that are located on the side of the captain’s chair if you choose an LX trim. The third row behind the seats there is a third row of seats. The Voyager comes with the identical 32 cubic feet of storage space that the Pacifica. We have yet to put this model through our space-testing tests We are confident that the Voyager can handle the same amount of cargo as its Pacifica counterpart (i.e. 12 carry-on suitcases , with the rear seats raised).
Infotainment and Connectivity
Chrysler offers the 3.5-inch digital display within the gauge cluster and the gauge cluster has a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit in the central stack. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a six-speaker audio system featuring an active cancellation of noise. The trim levels are either available. Bluetooth streaming as well as voice control integrated However, it’s only one of the trim levels, Voyager LX allows for SiriusXM radio. Do you want to entertain your youngsters? A rear-seat overhead DVD player is able to be found on the LX for $995.